Saturday afternoon downpours cause flash flooding concerns

Published 10:53 pm Saturday, July 20, 2013

Dr. Michael Johnston with Tryon Pointe Orthodontics said he got a text from the owner of the building, Lion Heart Development Corporation, while he was away at the beach this weekend.

Johnston said, “if you look in the hole a large drainage grate was never connected to the pipe running under the road when it was worked on by DOT.”

Johnston said despite the sinkhole his office would be open on Thursday as usual. Caution tape currently blocks off the parking lot on the right side to prevent other vehicles from getting too close to the sinkhole.

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A handful of other businesses in town also experienced issues from the rain.

Sheila McCormick and Bill Sowers, owners of ServiceMasters in Spartanburg, live in Green Creek. So, they saw the affects of the heavy rain professionally and personally.

“We have [had a high volume of calls] over the past few weeks,” McCormick said. “I think the main thing to take out of this is that if people have any kind of damage, they take care of it now rather than later. Later they could end up with more damage than they can afford to fix.”

McCormick said it’s important to make sure your drainage system is draining away from the house. She said if it is not and the water gets into the home it could cause damage to the subflooring or even health concerns from mold, which can spawn within 24-48 hours.